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Crane Accident Kills One, Injuries Another in Houma

Posted by nahetsblog on November 24, 2009

November 17, 2009

Crane Accident Kills One, Injuries Another in Houma

HOUMA – On November 17, 2009, Tuesday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to an industrial accident that occurred at Elevated Boats Inc. 302 Dean Court Houma.

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, Terrebonne Parish (O.E.P), Houma Police Department, Houma Fire Department, Grand Caillou Fire Department and Acadian Ambulance Service responded to this accident.

Detectives received information that the crane operator and one of the employees who was inside of the fabrication shop, when the accident occurred, were the only serious injuries reported during this industrial accident.

The crane operator was operating a 400 ton fixed land crane with a 200 ft. boom. The operator was in the process of picking up a 30 ton certified weight from an 18-wheeler flat bed truck. Then, as the weight was being placed on the ground next to the fabrication shop the boom of the crane crashed down into the building trapping one person inside of the building, the fire department and Acadian Ambulance Service removed him.

Acadian Ambulance transported one of the victims to the Leonard Chabert Medical Center and the other to Terrebonne General Medical Center

At this time there are two employees who are reported to have serious injuries. Heath Perkins age 30 and Larry Naquin, age 60, who are both residents of Terrebonne Parish.

At 2:44 p.m. Heath Perkins was pronounced deceased at the Leonard Chabert Medical Center.

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Falling Crane Cuts House in Half

Posted by nahetsblog on November 20, 2009

Nov 20th 2009

You know when you return from, like, Pizza Hut and a crane has split your house in two?

No? Michelle and Kevin McCarthy do. They returned to their house in Santa Rosa, California to see this.

The 90ft lifting machine had been trying to move a 150-year-old oak tree, but it was too heavy and the crane toppled backwards. Kevin said: "I think we’re just in shock right now."

One neighbour who saw the crane crash into the house said it seemed to happen in "slow motion". The hoist’s owner insisted the smash in Santa Rosa, California, was a freak accident. Check out a big image after the jump.

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Entombed Worker Rescued

Posted by nahetsblog on November 20, 2009

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Thu Nov 19, 2009, 02:01 PM CST

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Man critical after industrial accident in Australia

Posted by nahetsblog on November 19, 2009

Man critical after industrial accident at Pennant Hills

19 Nov 09 @ 01:18pm

Man critical after industrial accident at Pennant Hills

A man is in a critical but stable condition following a major accident on a construction site in Pennant Hills.

The accident accourred just after 9am on Wednesday.

The man sustained fractures to his right leg and ankle, lacerations to the head and serious internal injuries.

It is believed that the man was helping a crane driver on the site when the extendable flyer arm of the crane boom malfunctioned and struck him.

The injured man was rushed to Westmead Hospital where he underwent surgery before he was placed in a serious but stable condition.

The crane operator was also injured but only suffered bruising and swelling.

Details of the accident are still unclear but are being investigated by Police and WorkCover.

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1 dead in Kansas City, Mo., crane accident

Posted by nahetsblog on November 19, 2009

Nov 10, 2009

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One worker was killed and another injured Tuesday when a crane tipped over at the construction site of a Kansas City, Mo., performing arts center, police said.

The two men were in the bucket of the 100-foot-tall JLG Lift when it fell away from the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and landed across a platform of steel beams at about 1:40 p.m., officials said.

One of the men was pronounced dead at a hospital, said police spokesman Darin Snapp. The other was listed in serious but stable condition and was able to talk. Snapp said both men were in their 30s, but their identities were not immediately released.

Kansas City Missouri police officers look at a portable boom lift that fell at the construction site of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, in Kansas City, Mo. One worker was killed and another injured Tuesday when a crane tipped over at the construction site, police said.

The men were installing steel panels on the building for Detroit-based subcontractor Midwest Steel, said Kyle McQuiston, spokesman for Kansas City-based general contractor JE Dunn Construction Group.

Construction on the 13-acre site began in 2006 and is scheduled to be finished in 2011. The $400 million center will be the home of the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ballet.

McQuiston said the construction site had no previous fatalities or injuries.

Workers were sent home for the day while investigators examined the site, said JE Dunn president Dan Euston.

"We have an onsite safety team down there and are working with investigators, both local and any federal agencies, to determine what caused this accident," Euston said. "We’re very deeply saddened by this event. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the families."

Crane accidents kill up to 82 construction workers each year in the United States, according to the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration. A crane at the construction site of a new federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, also collapsed Tuesday, but police say no one was hurt.

A construction worker died last month after falling from a lift that toppled over and struck a downtown Philadelphia apartment building.

And two New York City crane collapses in 2 1/2 months during the spring of 2008 left nine people dead. Investigators have blamed faulty rigging of an 11,000-pound crane part in the first of those accidents, which killed seven people on March 15, 2008.

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Arizona construction accident – Two Arizona construction workers shocked!

Posted by nahetsblog on November 19, 2009

Two workers were injured after being shocked.

Phoenix, AZ—Two construction workers sustained third degree burns after a crane swung into live powerlines and shocked them. The construction accident happened on Wednesday night, September 23, 2009 at a construction site near 25th Avenue and Broadway Road, as reported by ABC15.

Phoenix fire officials stated a crane operator was talking to another worker through a headset, who was working in a trench 40-feet below, when the two men were shocked. The crane operator apparently swung the crane into a set of powerlines, which then shocked the two men through the headsets. Rescue teams reportedly had to rescue one of the injured workers out of the 40-foot trench. Both of the construction workers sustained third degree burns to their ears, head, chest, and legs from the electric shock. Both of the victims were rushed by area emergency medical services (EMS) crews to a Valley hospital for treatment of their burns. The crane operator is reportedly in critical condition. It is currently unknown who employs the two injured construction workers. Police officials are also currently withholding the identities of the victims. Officials with the Federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) are expected to conduct a full investigation into the construction accident.

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6 Taiwanese in court over fatal crane crash

Posted by nahetsblog on November 19, 2009

SIX workers at a Taiwan construction company have been sentenced to jail for negligence leading to a crane crash that killed three Chinese mainland tourists in Taipei earlier this year.

The six, an engineer, a team leader, a crane operator and three other workers from the crane operations team, were sentenced to between eight and 12 months in jail yesterday, all with a reprieve of two years, China News Service reported, citing Taiwan media.

The tragedy occurred on April 24 in Taipei when a construction crane fell on a bus carrying 25 tourists from Dongguan City of south China’s Guangdong Province and crushed the rear of the bus, killing three and injuring another two.

Prosecutors said the crane, which had a load capacity of 3.2 tons, was used to lift and move a 5-ton boom. Strong wind was also a factor behind the accident and it contributed to cause the crane tower to fall, the court said.

The court said it delivered reprieves to the workers because they showed regret and the company had reached consensus with the victims’ families.
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